Sunday, 19 October 2014

Super Smash Brothers Event! 18/10/14

Back in our old haunt Academi, we were let in on time for once, and were busy setting up for the day when a group of people knocked on the door. they asked if we were security(?!) as they had a drum rehearsal in Academi in the morning. ooh er....

After it was established that they were in the "Games" bit and we were in Cinema bit, all was fine, although when they started rehearsing it was VERY loud, and we had to stop our attendees from getting confused and ending up in the middle of them when they arrived! (I hope the drums didn't anyone off who was thinking of going!!)

We started taking signups at 11, and had a steady stream of enthuasitic gamers (and a couple of confused looking dancers/drummers...) A total of 25 came to spend their day with us.

There was freeplay Hyrule Warriors or Nintendo Land on the big screen, which people enjoyed throughout the day. We also had our usual raffle, but on this occasion it had two star prizes! A big Toon Link Plush, as well as a limited edition handmade hyrule warriors scarf, crafted by Donna Evans of Tavington Crafts.

Once everyone had signed up and settled in, we started doing the names for the hat so we could draw people randomly.

First Round: Groups of 3, and 2 sets of 3 - 18 competitors in all. We allowed people without the game to participate by lending them cartridges from those who weren't in session at the time. This meant that the 2nd set had the "no cartridge" people. Unfortunately but inevitably, it was those without who got knocked out first, but it at least gave them chance to try the game out!
The qualifying rounds were based on 3 Stock, with a time limit of 8 minutes. Free For All. Most matches were over in a few minutes,

Second Round:
After 1 player from each group got knocked out, we were left with 12.
We did the same set up again, and also in groups of 3 (but all 4 groups played simultaneously)
Again, 1 player from each group got knocked out, leaving 8 for the Quarter Final.

Quarter Final:
8 players meant 2 lots of Free for All stages, with same settings as previously. By this point, there was a lot of heightened emotions and shouting, it was certainly getting tense!

The last 4 players faced it off in a final Free For All! Unfortunately Adam and Tim both got knocked out at the same time, so that determined who made it to the final!

Final/3rd Place Play off:
Very tense, and with only one of our regulars left in the competition, Drn faced Brad, a newcomer; and Adam faced Tim - Two of the top University Gaming League guys head to head!

In the end, Adam sadly went home with nothing, and Tim held on to 3rd place winning himself £10 of eShop Credit.

Drn and Brad held a tense final against each other, but unfortunately victory slipped away from Little Mac (Drn) as he got slightly over-confident in the last moments, which saw Brad snatch victory at the last moments! Brad walked away with £30 eShop, whilst Drn sat happy'ish' with £20 eShop!

Only 3 attendees dared to dress up (not including the admin)! Bit disappointing, but we certainly weren't disappointed with the efforts!
Rhys took the role of host, and announced each entrant in.
First up was "Wii Fit Trainer" - Complete with super high speed exercises and yoga poses!

Secondly was "Little Mac" - he was a little sad as he was missing his gloves, but he didn't disappoint with his air punches!

Thirdly and Lastly was "Duck Hunt Duo" - A very impressive costume with full makeup and plush mallard! Certainly did the poses, and someone at the back of the room was also ready with the original NES gun!

We gave all attendees the opportunity to vote, where they had to write their favourite on a little slip of paper. Everyone voted apart from the entrants and the admin.
Final voting was: 2 votes for Little Mac, 3 votes for Duck Hunt Dog and 10 votes to the Wii Fit Trainer!

We then had our next and penultimate instalment of the Mario Kart 7 league tournament!
21 people signed up to take part on this occasion, which was the entire room minus the hosts! (2 unfortunately had to leave early before this started, but 3 groups of 7 was quite neat in the end!)
There was again, quite a bit of shouting as people went from first to last because of red shells or blue shells, and competition amongst the higher ranked racers was very tight!)
We did our usual 3 grand prix, shuffling the groups between each set of races. This time they raced the shell, star and leaf cups.

It certainly was tight because we ended up with a joint 1st AND a joint 3rd. Welshgamer wasn't our winner on this occasion, and our visiting attendee Chris ended up in the 1st place play-off with our regular member Dan. The first two laps were neck and neck, but on the 3rd lap, Dan pulled away to victory, and won the session's £20 of eShop credit.

Time for the prize giving.

There had also been a couple of challenges in the afternoon, which Euclidian walked away with the StreetPass Squad Challenge (Highest Score on Level 2-3)
Cat walked away with the best possible score of 9999999 SSS on the level chosen on Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call.

Well done to both of them for winning £10 of eShop :)

Raffle Time!
The excitement for the special scarf was very high with anticipation, but after all that was spent, as surprise winner picked it up! Well done to Nick!

Toon Link went to Brad

we also had a Mario plush, pikmin, DK keyring and a Luigi's Mansion 2 decal to give away.

After the main event had finished, we gave people the opportuity to catch up on "other" games, and some joined for a few games on Nintendo Land. Much fun was had by all!

Thanks again to all who came, we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did :)

Don't forget that our next big event will be on Saturday 6th December!